Re: My 2002 156 Veloce.....
Check your oil level and condition and keep doing so weekly. Alfas are not like some other makes where people can get away with driving them from service to service without an oil check and top up.
Main things on Alfas are -
Regular oil checks/changes and top ups
Belts changed at 36k - yes 36000 miles
Electrical gremlins, chase em down and nuke them one by one (luckily i only had the loose airbag connection one so far)
Variator - change it at every second cambelt change, it may not be gone then but for £90 it's a cheap preventative measure
Bushings/Wishbones/ARB links - suspension seems to start to wear out anywhere from 50k on, can be expensive in a delaers but is near a pennies job if you can DIY it.
MAF is prone to failure/contamination, results in flatspots and no get up and go at higher revs, easy DIY for about £80-100.
Lambda sensors - seem to be a lot of threads with a failed lambda, not a really hard DIY job, cheap to do.
Thermostats made out of jelly or something, regular failure but easy to DIY (before Euro3 that is) and only about £20-30
Seems like a big list but it's a pretty run of the mill list of weak points for a modern car, some have far bigger problems (Audis and the wishbones made of chocolate or somthing similar for an example). Outside of these they are as good a car as any other and will be reliable if all is attended to. good luck with your new Alfa.
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